The Walking Dead spinoffs are not expected to be impacted by the Writers Guild of America strike. Citing a long list of concerns, the WGA has gone on strike amid a negotiating impasse with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. As writers hit picket lines Tuesday in New York and Los Angeles, the entertainment world braced for disruption, with late night talk shows and SNL already going on hiatus, and more high-profiles shows like Stranger Things facing potential delays.
There is however one entertainment juggernaut that is not facing disruption by the WGA strike, as The Wrap reports AMC Networks confirmed that their upcoming series programming, including their highly-anticipated slate of Walking Dead universe spinoffs, is not expected to be impacted. AMC’s Anne Rice shows, including Interview With the Vampire and The Mayfair Witches, are also expected to be unaffected by the strike.
Why The Walking Dead Avoided A Strike Disruption
It has already been confirmed that shows like Yellowjackets, Stranger Things, Abbott Elementary and Cobra Kai will face delays as writers go on strike and cannot continue work on scripts for upcoming episodes. However, a few major shows have been confirmed to be unaffected by the strike. This list of lucky shows includes Andor season 2, House of the Dragon season 2 and Good Omens season 2, all of which are confirmed to have completed scripts in the can and ready for filming. Obviously, with WGA writers on strike, rewrites can’t be undertaken on any of these projects, which could still lead to disruptions down the road.
The Walking Dead universe was itself lucky in avoiding strike-related disruptions as production on Fear the Walking Dead season 8, as well as new spinoffs Dead City, Daryl Dixon and the untitled Rick & Michonne spinoff, was far enough along to not be affected. Of those shows, Rick & Michonne still has the most work to do, and won’t be released until 2024, but necessary writing must have been completed in time to get the show off the ground.
It’s yet to be seen what later problems might be caused as the strike prevents writers from being on-set, and keeps sometimes-necessary rewrites from taking place. But as of now, it seems the Walking Dead universe will be able to stick to its schedule, with the final season of Fear the Walking Dead premiering on May 14, 2023, Dead City arriving on June 18, 2023, Daryl Dixon coming later in 2023 and Rick and Michonne’s show still slated for 2024.